“...Americans of all backgrounds overwhelmingly continue to reject the President's immigration agenda.”
Donald Trump’s campaign and presidency has been defined by his assault on immigrant families and communities, starting from the moment he launched his campaign in 2015. The Trump Administration has weaponized a long-broken immigration system to enact a series of policies that resulted in an unprecedented xenophobic attack on our families, communities, and economy.
These policies have hurt all of us. President Trump has done everything in his power to subject more than one million DACA recipients and TPS holders to deportation, including hundreds of thousands of essential frontline workers helping our communities survive the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He has separated children from their mothers and fathers, both at the border and across the country, inflicting far-reaching trauma to children and families and harming communities. He has blocked millions of individuals from coming to the U.S. through existing immigration channels, undercutting our nation’s ability to respond to and recover from the ongoing public health and economic crisis. Throughout, the Trump Administration has relentlessly scapegoated immigrants for the challenges our country faces.
These anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric have taken a devastating toll on our country — but we must not forget that Americans of all backgrounds overwhelmingly continue to reject the President’s immigration agenda. People across the country flooded airports in response to the President’s travel ban, have taken to the streets to support DACA recipients and TPS holders, and voiced strong, continued opposition to President Trump’s cruel family separations. Additionally, the President’s attempts to fearmonger about individuals seeking refuge at the southern border ahead of the 2018 midterms cost his party control of the House of Representatives. Numerous candidates running anti-immigrant campaigns lost decisively in states like Pennsylvania, Kansas, Virginia, Iowa, and Arizona. And polls consistently show that while the President has tried to demonize immigrants, support for immigrants and increased immigration levels has grown, even among the President’s own supporters. In short, the anti-immigrant policies, and President Trump’s continuous use of anti-immigrant rhetoric over the last four years, have driven voters away from the President, and have in fact increased support for immigrants and immigration.
President Trump made immigration the dominant issue of his campaign, and then of his first term, and his record will be at the front of voters’ minds as we approach the November elections. Over the next four weeks, we will examine some of the Trump Administration’s most consequential immigration policies and identify the impact of these policies on our families, communities, and economy. We will also detail the overwhelming rejection of these actions by the American public, which has been galvanized by the courageous leadership of the people most severely impacted by these policies, and further assess the political ramifications.